For our members that are artists or arts organizations, please let us know how we can support you through this time. Check out this comprehensive list of resources and grant info through Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.
As of May 18, all small retail shops are able to open their doors to customers again, as long as they adopt and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and allow no more than 50% occupant capacity at any time. Restaurants, bars, and event centers are not yet allowed to reopen for in-person service, but that may change as early as June 1. If you are preparing to reopen, we’ve found a few resources you might find useful:
The Women’s Business Alliance Central and North are joining to present a weekly series of webinars designed to help you think through your business practices, processes and procedures to address the concerns around COVID-19 and planning in general to help your business prepare for our new reality and future threats.
Join in each Wednesday at 1:00 PM to hear from experts in marketing, cyber security, SEO, HR, Accounting and more. Each week a professional in their field will share information and tips that you can apply to your business planning for recovery. You will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Learn more: Ignite Webinar Series. Upcoming webinars include:
Access recordings to past webinars, slides, and all resources referenced during the webinars:
Two new websites have launched to help businesses expand their reach for gift card sales. Minnesotans Unite features gift cards from retail websites and Save Twin Cities Eats features gift cards and packages from restaurants. You can check out the websites and inquire about featuring gift cards from your business if you’re interested.
This funding is part of the Small Business Relief Program, which is designed to help small local businesses meet immediate financial needs by providing emergency grants for eligible expenses of business interruption due to COVID-19. Self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners with no additional employees will be able to apply for grants of $1,500 up to $3,000 starting Tuesday, May 19 through May 29. Learn more and Apply.
Consumers rushed to stores to buy coffee and food after the coronavirus forced most of them to work and study from home. Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee did something in March that few companies can match in pandemic times. It posted record sales. Read the full article.
Join The Women's Business Alliance on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00pm for a presentation with expert Molly Solberg will present and provide Q&A for how you market your business during a pandemic. Register Now.
As businesses in Minneapolis and across the state start to plan for re-opening in our new COVID world, the City is looking for ways to support safe re-opening. We’re certain that you and your networks have great ideas for how business can do this, and what the City can do to help.
The City will be following guidance from the State of Minnesota on the requirements for reopening, and will be working with staff and external partners to address the unique challenges of implementing those guidelines across different business types. Please SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS.
This article is a good introduction to three credits, just in case you’re not totally up-to-speed on what they’re all about:
Minneapolis continues to offer free permits for curbside pickup zones at meters in front of your business. You can apply for this permit at https://minneapolis.mn.roway.net/